Perhaps the most significant advantage of dental implants is that they provide replacement of not only a tooth but of tooth roots as well, whereas other tooth replacement methods do not. A dental implant includes an artificial tooth that is surgically secured to the jawbone using a titanium post. Titanium is the best material of choice because it holds a variety of optimal properties including the following:
Lightweight: In order to function like a tooth root, it is important that the titanium post not be heavy or weigh down the jaw unnaturally. Titanium is a very lightweight, yet strong material.
Strong: Titanium is a highly durable material, able to withstand all of the functions of the mouth, teeth and jaw. You can confidently speak and chew naturally with the strength of this titanium post securing your replacement teeth.
Biocompatible: This titanium property means the body will not reject it. In fact, dental implants that use titanium have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device!
Bone Fusion: The ability to perform osseonintegration, or fusing to the bone, is a special and significant property of titanium. This is the biological basis of a dental implant success. When teeth are missing, the jawbone can start to deteriorate. Using a material that actually fuses to the bone means patients get the necessary support they need to maintain a natural shape and density in the jawbone and overall facial structure.
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD can help determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. The advancements in dental implants have literally changed the face of dentistry over the last 25 years!